Friday, October 06, 2006

A New Day

I woke up before dawn this morning. The light was just beginning to brighten the east. I don't know why I woke up so early. Usually my alarm rouses me from sleep. But it is my practice, when I wake in the night, to pray. I always figure it is God giving me a little nudge.

So this morning, I welcomed the Beloved into my day and turned on the bedside lamp so I could read this morning's psalms.

Here is Psalm 30, NKJV:

I will extol You, O Lord, for You have lifted me up,
And have not let my foes rejoice over me.
O Lord my God, I cried out to You,
And You healed me.
O Lord, You brought my soul up from the grave;
You have kept me alive, that I should not go down to the pit.

Sing praise to the Lord, you saints of His,
And give thanks at the remembrance of His holy name.
For His anger is but for a moment,
His favor is for life;
Weeping may endure for a night,
But joy comes in the morning.

Now in my prosperity I said,
"I shall never be moved."
Lord, by Your favor You have made my mountain stand strong;
You hid Your face, and I was troubled.

I cried out to You, O Lord;
And to the Lord I made supplication:
"What profit is there in my blood,
When I go down to the pit?
Will the dust praise You?
Will it declare Your truth?
Hear, O Lord, and have mercy on me;
Lord, be my helper!"

You have turned for me my mourning into dancing;
You have put off my sackcloth and clothed me with gladness,
To the end that my glory may sing praise to You and not be silent.
O Lord my God, I will give thanks to You forever.

Oh Lord, I will give thanks to you forever.


Anonymous said...

That was a wonderful post...thank you. I have been struggling with sleep for a while, but I never chose to think of my early rises as a gift. A long time ago I felt my heart tugging at the opportunity to enjoy God's creation at dawn, when the Earth is born. God has been answering this prayer for me, but I have not been recognizing that. Thank you for helping me to do that! Peace be with you, rest well in the Lord.

Rachel's Big Dunk said...


Welcome to the Dunk.

When I first got baptised, I sometimes found myself awake at all hours of the night... sometimes for hours. It was then that I decided that those moments of solitude, in the darkness, in the quiet, were the perfect time to sit in the presence of God. Sometimes I get up, but mostly I just lie there. The funny thing is I don't seem to be overly tired the next day.